Presentation on theme: "Public Information Officer National Radio Astronomy Observatory"— Presentation transcript:
1 Public Information Officer National Radio Astronomy Observatory Article WritingDave FinleyPublic Information OfficerNational Radio Astronomy Observatory
2 Outline Background & Experience Types of Articles Writing Process: Working ExampleAdapting the Writing to the AudienceAdvice for Scientific Writing
3 Background & Experience Degrees: Political Science & GeologyNewspapers: Miami Herald Sci/Med EditorSupercomputer Centers: DocumentationNRAO: Public Information OfficerOn the Side: Occasional FreelanceHobbies: Astronomy, Ham Radio, Aviation
4 Types of Writing Newspapers Magazines Books Miami Herald, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer,Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque Tribune, etc.MagazinesAstronomy, Air & Space, Mercury, QST, Radio Fun,Lite Geology, Southern Sky, NM Journal of ScienceBooksAuthor: Morse Code: Breaking the BarrierEditor: Radio Interferometry: The Saga and the ScienceChapter Author: Preserving the Astronomical SkyOrganizations & Strategies in Astronomy IIIState of the Universe 2008
5 Writing Process Working Example: Press Release Scientific Content Target: General PublicOften Used VerbatimProcess Essentially Sameas for Magazine Article, etc.
6 Writing Process Basic Principle: Learn First, Write Next Read the Scientific/Technical PaperInterview Author(s), Clarify & Amplify Important PointsIdentify Potential Graphics, Get Work Started on ThemPrepare DraftReview Draft with Author(s), ReviseEndure Institutional Review ProcessAssemble Text/Graphics PackageIssue Release/Publish on Web
7 Adapting the Material to the Audience Original: Technical Paper, Jargon, Equations,Complex Graphs & ChartsPress Release/Article: Language for Nonscientists
8 Adapting the Material to the Audience Know and understand the materialTranslate the jargonHelp develop simplified graphicsPut plain-language explanations into quotesExplain the backgroundPut the new discovery into context
9 Advice for Scientific Writing Living in Interesting TimesSome Unchanged/Unchanging Essentials
10 The Media Revolution New Old Online Editions Newspapers Web PublicationsCable NetworksBlogsPodcastsVodcastsYouTubeFacebookOldNewspapersMagazinesEvening News
11 What Hasn't Changed, and Won't Good StorytellingLively WritingClarityAccuracy
12 Summary Understand Your Topic Understand Your Audience Keep It Lively Keep It AccurateKeep Up With Technology, TrendsEnjoy the Ride!